Friday Night Lights
Directed by Peter Berg
While it eventually found success as a beloved television series, the original film was based on H.G. Bissinger’s memoir. In the economically depressed town of Odessa, Texas, there’s little to look forward to except Friday night high school football games. When the star suffers a debilitating injury, hope seems lost until Coach Gary Gaines (played by Billie Bob Thornton) rallies the team to overcome their setbacks and depend on each other in order to make it to the state championships.